SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with fizzy beige head. Aroma of pine, earth, citrus and dirty socks. Flavor is big in this, kinda sweet, piny, grapefruit, dirty, fruit with astringent bitter in the finish. Heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, I think this brew is just too "all over the place"....some flavors just clash too much in my opinion.
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a light shade of orange with a small cap of head. The nose is of grapefruit and pine. The taste is more floral and a bit grassy. Citrus and lemongrass mix well with more aggressive American hops mixed in. Good body and solid mouthfeel. Lingering sweet caramel and lasting bitter finish. A really drinkable IPA.
RobertDale (3306) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass and florals. Taste is floral and piney hops with some yeast and caramel. Mild bitterness. Nice light IPA.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Piney hop aroma. Medium bodied with steady carbonation. Very pale toffee esque malt backdrop, with bold spicy and piney bitterness, with perhaps a wisp of tangerine. Overattenuated and very dry as far as sweetness. Dry and bitter finish, with some distracting astringency. Hop oils linger at the back of the mouth. Not bad, a little on the dry side for my personal tastes.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. A solid, well balanced take on an ipa from an Iowa brewery with potential. Pours with a thin layer of fizzing, starch white head, little retention and lacing, and a fairly cloudy, golden-burnt orange body. The nose could be stronger, but is still pleasant. A fair amount of caramel and cookie malts, some nutty aspects, along with a minor cotton candy note. For the hops, mostly pine, herb, and florals. The body of this one is properly bitter, medium thick, well flavored and slightly sugary. More estery fruits with cherry then the aroma, with caramel, toasted nut, and cookie malts intertwining quite nicely with the bitter herbs, pine, and earth. Finishes slightly chewy, and lingers well. Good drinkability. This was enjoyable.
zdk (1808) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by murphym45 (originally from pepsican, I believe) - very solid IPA. Aroma is soft lavender and floral perfume, which gave me the distinct impression of soap or detergent (but not in a bad way). Body is sweet caramel, well carbonated. smooth, tasty fresh & refreshing. Generous hops, piney and floral, but not overpowering. If this got around more, it could be a classic, IMO.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of pepsican, thank you! pours a slightly hazy golden copper with minimal white head and not much lacing of spotting to speak of. aroma of bubblegummmy esters and spicy hops. a bit og sweet bubblegum in the front palate, more of the spiciness of the esters as the carbonation opens up in the back palate.
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a tall eggshell head that has great retention. Aroma is of citrus and spicy hops, a little grass, peppery yeast, a touch of bubblegum and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is big on grapefruit sweet grass and caramel, some nice pine notes, pepper, bubblegum, tropical fruit, and fruity floral notes round out the finish. Palate ismedium bodied with a fairly dry feel throughout, becoming a tad astringent toward the finish. The somewhat sweet, fruity flavor seems to minimize the perception of astringency. Very tasty, a little strange, but nothing wrong with that.
nickd717 (3461) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another Iowa tick, all right. Thanks to thetomG on BA for this. Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a huge foamy off-white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is very herbal with orange peel and spice. Some very noticeable Belgian yeast. The flavor has a sweet caramel malt base with herbal tea notes, orange peel, and a spicy Belgian yeastiness. Medium-bodied with slight syrupiness and carbonation on the lively side of average. Very interesting and not bad overall.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from a bottle like red stripe, kind of like a medicine bottle.
nice caramel colored brew, not dark brown, but a light brown in color. a small clump of white frothy foam lays on top. disipates relatively quick.
I smell english and belgian pale malts imediately followed by some piney hop with some peppery spice. this smells a lot like a belgian IPA with use of American hops. there is a floral boquet hidden in this beer underneath the heavy aromas. I guessed there was belgian yeast and malts used in this and the label confirmed.
the first sip tells me my nose made no mistake. I get the pungent earthy flavors of english pale malts with some biscuit qualiies and a sweetness from the belgian pale malts. There is a ton of bitterness on the finish. The hops lend a nice pineyness and as it warmed more and i got through the glass i hit more and more citrus notes, orange rind.
This is a nice hybrid 3 country india pale ale. If any of the three countries get left out it would be the english part, it represents but not as much as the belgian malt and yeast qualities and the american hop qualities. nicely done, very complex and full of flavors.
I dig this beer!
I ate this with some Tachos and it blended nicely! (nachos that use tator tots instead of tortilla chips) :)